December 18 Pearl

December 18

Today’s attribute of God is Wonderful Counselor. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.

I went to a spin class tonight and I found myself not wanting to become symbiotic with a bunch of sweaty people while listening to crazy loud music meant to speed you up.

I know the music and the encouragement from the instructor was supposed to really get me going. I found myself resisting. I think its a control thing. I don’t want others telling me how I should feel. Silly I know.

If someone is trying to lead me into a specific experience and I know they are trying to produce in me a certain feeling, I find within myself a strong urge to resist.

Tonight I didn’t want to speed up when the instructor said speed up and I didn’t want to stand up or sit down when they said to do so. I didn’t recognize it until tonight that I’m consciously resisting to be led.

I wonder if I do this in other areas of my life? I guess it can be good to not allow others to control you into feeling something you shouldn’t experience?

I’m guessing this has something to do with my past when I was drawn into something negative and now even if its positive I am naturally resistant…

My pearl is that the Lord can help me to never be drawn into negative experiences and allow me to enjoy positive group experiences.

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December 17 Pearl

December 17

Today’s attribute of God: Mediator: There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity-the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. 1 Timothy 2:5..

Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised… Galatians 3:19..

In Job when he had lost everything and was scratching his boils with rocks, he said these words: Job 9:33-34 If only there were a Mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.

Job in his suffering felt punished, he had done nothing wrong to deserve his suffering. Even God himself said, have you considered my servant Job, he does everything right..blameless..

Job realized what we all needed in our deepest suffering.. a mediator. He prophesied without realizing what he was doing..

This time of the year we want to remember that Jesus came to show us that yes we are sinful and need Him, but please don’t stop there..that’s depressing!

Jesus came so we can be free from our sin and the law that exposes our wretchedness. Lets not stop at our sin, take it a step further and bow before his throne and realize we have a mediator He is Christ our Lord. He came to save us from ourselves.

My Pearl is that we mess up, but we have a mediator who can set things straight every day. Each day is an opportunity for a second chance. Lets not waste it.

December 16 Pearl

December 16

Today’s attribute of God: Immanuel: God with us. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23

Many people today don’t feel God is with them. Life has become so dark and painful that they can’t see or feel God’s presence in the middle of their pain.

I feel very blessed that by some miracle, The Lord has granted me the faith, the wisdom to know that He is good and He wants the best for me, no matter what cards life throws at you.

I have spoken to people who simply can’t get around all the pain and agony of their painful experiences. It appears that it doesn’t stop at times. One rejection after another. One abandonment after another.

How do I, a person of faith, explain these circumstances? My answer is this: we can’t always explain or have answers for what The Lord allows into our lives. We may never understand on this side of heaven.

One thing I am very sure of, though. If we surrender each day to Him and praise Him no matter how painful life gets; we will see Him on the other side. All the pain is going to be wiped away so fast that we won’t care about our questions. It just won’t matter.

Eternity is so much more time than the here and now. If we suffer every single day on this earth, its still nothing compared to the joy we will experience in all of eternity. So sit back, embrace the pain and praise Him in the good times and the bad times!

My Pearl is that God is with us and He is good, if we believe it or not, it doesn’t change the truth.

December 15 Pearl

December 15

Today’s attribute: Abba God (daddy) So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received Gods Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

The definition of fear bonds: when your afraid of the person your attached to and your clearly motivated by fear. I have to do x, y, and z because I’m scared of what that person is going to do if I don’t. This is not healthy.

This forces people to do things they would never ordinarily do. Even a career path. For example some children fear their parents and will choose a career path because that’s what mom and dad want, not what they want.

This produces misery, frustration and anger. This person feels they are stuck and don’t have a choice to do what they prefer. What a miserable way to live.

On the other hand, love bonds are those where love is the motivating factor of the relationship. A request is made, but the other person knows they will still be loved if they don’t choose that option.

A love bond is a safe, secure attachment where you can fully express without fear of ridicule. This is the kind of love bond, the Lord offers. He is our daddy!

When we sin, he still loves us, he doesn’t shame us. He doesn’t want us to sin because it hurts us, not because he wants to shame us. He wants us to come closer when we sin, not push him away.

My pearl is that we have a love bond with our daddy in heaven, we are safe to express whatever it is we feel.

December 14 Pearl

December 14

Today’s attribute of God is Advocate: 1 John 2:1 But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.

John 16:7 But in fact, it is best for your that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.

Growing up I dreamed of a prince riding in on his white horse and pointing his finger at me and saying Hey you! Come here! I’m taking you on out of here!

I remember having a crush on a couple of my brothers friends. I thought surely they could be my prince? That’s funny to look back on now..I was so very naive.

Little did I know that no human was ever going to be my prince. It would be Jesus my Savior who would come riding on a donkey and be born in a barn and hang on a cross.

Who would have thought your prince would come like this? In these scriptures it appears Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit being our advocate. Who couldn’t come unless Jesus ascended to heaven.

I’m grateful that Jesus went to heaven so we could have access to the Holy Spirit 24/7. He will never leave us! Its hard to wrap our mind around the fact that at anytime day or night we can talk to the Lord and he hears us and is with us.

Wow! That means when I can’t sleep I can talk to him. When I’m at work with families who are grieving I can ask Him to guide me. I don’t even have to open my mouth. He is within me!

The Lords presence with us is the only thing that no one can take away from us! Our family can be taken away, our possessions can be taken away. We can be thrown into jail or in a coma, but The Holy Spirit never leaves us! He is our Advocate!

The definition of an Advocate: a person who pleads on someone else’s behalf. This is the job of The Holy Spirit.

My pearl is that I’m never alone and my prince has come on a lowly donkey. I didn’t recognize him at first because I thought he’d come in a shiny limo.

December 13 pearl

December 13

Today’s attribute of God is Deliverer. Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.

He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.

Our hope is that as The Lord works in our lives, others can see what he has done and want to place their trust in Him, as well.

We had the joy of serving with our small group last night. We helped package things at the food pantry. Then we shared a meal together at a restaurant and had a gift exchange.

It was a great time of fellowship. We will miss everyone, as we have decided we have too much on our plate to lead the group this next semester.

In times past when I have had to say no to a commitment I have felt ashamed and like an utter failure. So this is a test for me to say no and be ok.

I had a gut feeling we had bit off a bit more than we could chew, but what do you say after you realize this problem and then you don’t want to let others down; yet your stretched to the max.

I knew that we weren’t giving 100% because we were stretched to thin. I was grateful when my husband said, I think we need to say no to this commitment.

We have both struggled with feeling like we are letting our group down, but ultimately we aren’t helping if we aren’t giving 100%.

If I had unlimited resources of energy I would be just fine. The problem is I don’t have those resources.

My Pearl today is that I can have limits and not be ashamed or feel like a failure. The Lord made me with limits. Its ok.

December 12 Pearl

December 12

The melody breaks through the silence. Christ the Savior is born, Jesus the love song of God is born! This is one of Chris Tomlin’s songs a remake of “It came upon the midnight clear. “

These lyrics run through my mind when I wake up in the morning. As do all the other songs I keep listening to over an over… eventually the lyrics will get into me.

Did you know that the message of a song is more believable to your brain. Music speaks to your right hemisphere where your emotions originate. So if your needing to get a certain truth, find a song with those particular lyrics and listen to it over and over.

Eventually your brain will bypass your left hemisphere logical thought and you will believe the message. This is the reason negative music has the same effect!!

This is my personal opinion: if a person listens to music that is dirty, rough and negative that person starts to become like those lyrics. They start to feel the emotions of the song.

We need to use the power of music in a positive way. I use to sing “I surrender all, I surrender all, all to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all.. on an on, over and over. I would sing this when I was struggling with negative emotions and eventually I felt better!

I also love the song: Because he lives: Because he lives I can face tomorrow.. because he lives, all fear is gone, because I know I know he holds the future, life is worth the living just because he lives.. this would help me get perspective when life was falling apart.

My pearl is the power of worship music. It can change the direction of your hour, day and entire life for that matter!